Monday, May 17, 2010

May 16, 2010
Yuma, Arizona
Kofa Culinary Arts student, Kristen Young, earned the title of Best Teen Chef 2010 after competing in Houston, Texas at The Art Institutes Annual Competition on Saturday. She beat out the competition to earn a full-tuition scholarship to study in a Culinary Program at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Phoenix, as well as the opportunity to serve as "Intern for a Day" at Food Network Kitchens in New York City.

Kristen competed against teenagers from the United States and Canada, but won the competition with her menu of ginger and coconut-scented sweet potato soup with spiced yogurt and sauteed shrimp, citrus and cumin-marinated chicken with roasted corn rice pilaf, sauteed spinach, and a mushroom tomato citrus sauce. Her teacher at Kofa High School is Sheranne Dampier, former restaurant owner.

During her trip to New York City, Kristen will also receive a tour of Food Network's studios, dinner for two at a Food Network chef's restaurant, and a library of Food Network Kitchens cookbooks.

Nearly 40 high school seniors from the U.S. and Canada came together for one day of non-stop cooking, all in pursuit of tuition scholarships and the chance to be named Best Teen Chef 2010. The competition, which begins in early February, consists of four levels. In the first two levels, students are asked to submit a copy of their respective high school transcripts, a recipe in standardized recipe format, along with photos of the prepared recipe, and a short essay. During the third level, local cooking competitions take place at the participating International Culinary Arts Schools at The Art Institutes, and only one winner emerges from each competition. The winner then moves on to the Final Round Competition.

The Final Round of Competition is among the most intensive and grueling teen cooking competitions in the country. Judged by highly skilled and experienced culinary experts – among them one master chef – the judging ranges from knife skills, safety and sanitation, technical and cooking all the way to taste, flavor, texture and doneness of the meals prepared.

Chef Michael Nenes, Assistant Vice President of Culinary Arts for The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes said, "All the teens today performed extremely well. Their level of dedication, of talent, and most of all of passion for cooking really came through in every dish that we judged. However, it was Kristen Young who stood out from the rest. Her desert-painted, ginger and coconut-scented sweet potato soup really helped to set her apart from the other competitors to earn the honor of Best Teen Chef." Both Forbes and Fox News Business covered the competition in their on-line magazines.

For more information contact Sheranne Dampier at 502-5400.


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